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The Script Revolution blog is all about articles that may help screenwriters and filmmakers develop their craft, maximise opportunities, and stay updated on the latest news about the site. This isn't a place where you'll find fear-mongering and browbeating, nor is it a conduit for rule delusions and service advertising. Guest posts are more than welcome and offer a way for members to generate a little more exposure for themselves. If you have a blog post you'd like to submit, then you can contact me by clicking here - CJ

CJ Walley 22 Apr 2017 2

This week has been a turbulent one in screenwriting. You could easily have missed it. Entwined within the drama was a historical turning point in the screenwriting world and what looks like the beginning of a new fight between creatives and capitalists. We have entered a new age of artificial intelligence that’s going to affect us in ways we never imagined how.

Fiona Faith Ross 12 Apr 2017 3

Give It A Rest

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, hoping for a different result1. This aphorism, or meme, as we call them now, applies to writers, and in particular to screenwriters. In my blog post exploring the theme of "Never give up", I made the case for battling on, since practice makes perfect and everybody knows that overnight success takes decades, especially for writers. However, my obsessive persistence tells me that - to steal a cliché so worn it's positively polished – you don't have to be mad to be a screenwriter, but it...

John Hunter 05 Apr 2017 0

The latest nugget of scriptwriting wisdom goes like this, “Write something new - Something never before seen.”

I have read (or heard?) there are really only about 5 or 6 basic stories.

Because I was hung over that day in class and unable to take proper notes, I’ll make something up: Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Monster Eats Boy, The Dog Ate My Homework and Murder Most Foul.

If the number of basic stories is truly this limited, everything else must be derivative or a shameless re-boot.

As an example of a re-boot, I recently saw a big budget, heavy on...

CJ Walley 04 Apr 2017 0

Last month it was 1000 scripts and this month it's 500 members. Alex Norman was the person to trip the counter over to this milestone. Alex is a film fan who's studying...

Stephen Barber 29 Mar 2017 0

What "trimming" an Airplane has taught me about, Screenwriting.  More than you can imagine, and, no, the action's were not similarly executed. However, both had a direct impact on my "attitude." Let me explain- 

Over ten years ago my serious run toward a Private Pilot's license was executed in full stride.  At a time in my life, (before marriage - before children) the responsibilities in my life were making certain I had money to pay for rent and food.  With little room left for selfless service, my selfishness had determined that flying would become my ultimate priority.  I've been...

J.E. Clarke 22 Mar 2017 2

A long, long time ago, in a ‘burb quite far away...

Sat an impressionable young girl; who knows how old?  Thirteen perhaps. Maybe twelve.

A life-long tomboy, she was a voracious reader as well.  One whom her much older cousin (theoretically, let’s call him “Roger”) knew was into tall tales. For instance, Star Trek and Tom Baker/Peter Davidson’s Dr. Who.

One day, Roger handed the girl some magazines.  Their titles? Amazing Stories and Analog.

Within those pages, she found the literary equivalent of the Holy Grail – a treasure...

Fiona Faith Ross 15 Mar 2017 2

I'm always suspicious of the advice to "Never give up", and on a bad day, I fear the exhortation is delivered with a vicious irony, the smile of encouragement hiding a secret desire to inflict further pain on the rambling deluded fool who thinks he's A Writer. If it's painfully obvious to everyone except your Mum that your screenplays aren't up to scratch, isn't it kinder to be dealt some incisive coverage from a battle-scarred pro to put you out of your misery? Excruciating sex scene, anyone? Ouch, add the writer to your "Do Not Date" list, and, warming to the theme of severe mental...

CJ Walley 09 Mar 2017 0

Major congrats to Script Revolution member Pete Barry who's currently penning the new Robin Hood Stand-Alone Drama "Marian" for Sony, a project which has now attached Margot Robbie to star. More details can be found in The Hollywood Reporter article here. But, before that, we highly recommend any aspiring filmmakers check out our...

J.E. Clarke 08 Mar 2017 5

Ready to digest an immutable Fact of Life? Here’s one tasty treat: 

The world of screenwriting bursts with vibrant contradiction.  Downright Schizophrenic levels of it, no less.

Talk to anyone who’s dipped their toe in the murky waters of film.  They’ll scramble to tell you what lurks just below the surface… Sharks, of the Format Nazi kind.

Hand to heart. We’ll swear on our latest copy of Final Draft; it’s true. The screenwriting world is full of BS.  Excuse me, make that “rules.”

Don’t get me wrong (or quote this out of...

CJ Walley 05 Mar 2017 22

Imagine you fire up Final Draft one day to find you’d been locked out of using it or opening your screenplays. Picture logging into Celtx to learn your account had been terminated and your drafts removed. Envisage firing up your computer to discover your DropBox account had deleted all your working files. This nightmare scenario may sound crazy but, if you are a writer dependent on Amazon Studios, it might be a very real possibility — and you may need to jump ship as soon as you can

CJ Walley 04 Mar 2017 0

Last month it was 1000 scripts and this month it's 500 members. Alex Norman was the person to trip the counter over to this milestone. Alex is a film fan who's studying screenwriting craft and hoping to enter some screenwriting comps. I say good luck to you, Alex, you were certainly a blessing signing up here. We've seen a real surge in sign-ups lately so thank you to all who are spreading the good word about Script Revolution.

Shawn Davis 01 Mar 2017 3

Out here is a pool. A deep, deep pool. As screenplay writers, we're all swimming in it. Current stats have our population at 15,000 or more. Schooling in this pool is various sized fish. Most of us, guppy’s also known as amateur writers. Here we are, swimming around doing a complete reversal of what it means to fish. Instead of an angler working to catch that one big fish among us in a school of thousands, we are the thousands, all of us small, trying to catch that one big angler.

We're all looking for something out of this. Me? I started writing because I tried everything to...

CJ Walley 28 Feb 2017 0

I'm rather delighted to announce, assuming you haven't heard already, that we hit 1000 scripts uploaded during this month. That's freaking amazing, and I have admit I did run around the house doing a little dance when it happened. I know I keep saying thank you, but seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping turn this from a little unknown website to a full blown movement. Since launch, Script Revolution has had an average of over 150 screenplays uploaded per month and readers have downloaded an average of over 400 scripts per week!

CJ Walley 27 Feb 2017 5

Which script should you write next? Would people want to read it? Is the idea bad? Do you have the skills needed? Are you really just wasting your time… and life?

Look, I don’t know a single aspiring screenwriter who doesn’t have those questions running through their mind all the time. Creative pursuits are, by their nature, a massive mind-fuck. It gets even tougher when you tie success with money, fame, and respect. You worry. You fret. You judge yourself. You let other people judge you. It’s hard not to default to one of three chains of thought; “I can do this.”, “don’t know if I’...

John Hunter 22 Feb 2017 6

Before anyone might actually read the first page of your script, there are three hurdles your work must clear to pass and I'm talking about Title, Logline and Synopsis.

I have 27 scripts (shorts, features, pilots) posted here on Script Revolution — Thank you CJ for the opportunity to strut my stuff and/or show the world my deficiencies, whichever the case may be. Beyond the obviously benefit of a free public venue, there is more --

As you are aware, this site counts “views.” A “view” here defined as after reading the Title and Logline, someone is interested enough in your...

CJ Walley 21 Feb 2017 4

WOOHOO! Script Revolution had it's 1000th script uploaded to the database just 6 (and a bit) months since launch! Fantastic! Here's a big shoutout to Steve Garry who uploaded the 1000th script, Mister Buttle’s Great Odyssey. The cool thing is, Gary has been an active member and supporter of the site since day one! Thank you so much to him and all the screenwriters who've joined up so far. We can do this. We can make Script...

Désirée Nordlund 15 Feb 2017 0

A film begins with a script. A statement well established on a site like this. One can make a bad movie on a good script, but never a good movie on a bad script. Thus, a lot of time and effort are used to make the script perfect. Script work is cheap compared to what it will be later when it comes to equipment and people to be organized, transported and fed.

I have the privilege of getting one of my short scripts filmed right now, this February. As a writer, working alone is common, but regarding screenplays, you have to be prepared to have your story mulled, and it is not certain...

CJ Walley 14 Feb 2017 2

Shoutout to Chris Keaton, a man with a whole load of short scripts on offer, who's optioned his script A Child Outside. Chris is an Air Force veteran based in Arizona and has recently started expanding his screenwriting into novel writing aswell. Well done, Chris.

CJ Walley 08 Feb 2017 16

Look, this is going to be brutal, but it needs to be said. If you're looking for harsh truths about screenwriting then look no further. You better have thick skin before walking into this one and I'm talking alligator skin thick here. I'm about to hit you with ten doses of sorely needed self reflection and some in your face reality here. You ready? You sure? Why am I so much better than you? Yes you. I've not just got the balls to ask you that question but I've got a long list of reasons to throw at you too? Think you can get all the way to the bottom? Time to suck it up, buttercup - CJ...

Deen Gill 01 Feb 2017 13

Last time we visited, we discussed some of the nuts and bolts of adaptions. At its simplest, an adaption is the use of some other source work (your own or someone else’s) to develop a short, or feature-length, script. We also found out that to adapt someone else’s work, the screenwriter must have permission from the original author, or a work that is now in public domain, or a team of very skilled lawyers. Read more here. Adaptions...

CJ Walley 31 Jan 2017 6

Six months, 108,000 page views, over 900 scripts, over 375 members and an average 1,197 script downloads a month. I think it’s safe to say Script Revolution has become widely accepted by writers and filmmakers. Hell, I recently learned Script Revolution is even being used by some educators to teach students how to promote their work! In fact, Script Revolution has become so popular I've had to upgrade the server a second time with double the processing power and twice as much memory.

J.E. Clarke 25 Jan 2017 1

There’s a million questions in the screenwriting biz. Especially when you first arrive on the “scene.”

Browse any writing board, and questions tumble off the threads like crumbs; some as green as the Wizard’s palace in Oz. How do I properly format slugs? What’s a three-act structure mean? How do I get an agent? (That one’s fun; every time.)

But there’s more than Newbies to blame here. Seasoned “pros” have questions as well. Once one’s been around the block a few times, you realize screenwriting’s as intricate as other sciences and arts.  The farther down the Rabbit Hole you...

Tony Cella 18 Jan 2017 0

According to a study published by UCLA's Linguistic department, more than 80 percent of conversations in Hollywood include “in the industry” at several points.

The great majority of communication, both written and spoken, in the city known for drawing aspiring bartenders and servers from each geographic region of America include the phrase at the beginning, the end or several times mangled in the middle, author of the paper Professor Julius

Barnhoffer said. “Statistically almost every conversation spoken in Los Angeles, more specifically cafes and networking...

6String Mercenary 11 Jan 2017 1

A while ago I got into an online slap-fight with the CEO of The Black List, a service that hosts screenplays for a fee, provides a reader critique service, and is a proven resource for Film Industry Professionals to source content. In short I laid into him for taking money and providing critiques that didn’t have a check-list of basic stuff to help writers grow — his claim, over and over, was all art is Subjective and to use any kind of structure to evaluate an art piece didn’t have any justification. I can appreciate Subjectivity in art, especially as a guitarist, because it’s the nuances...

J.E. Clarke 04 Jan 2017 1

Screenwriter pop-quiz – think quick: What’s the biggest cliché in film?

The Hooker with the Heart of Gold?  EG:  Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman, Jodi Foster’s Taxi Driver, Rebecca De Mornay’sRisky Business and so on…

Uh, good guess. But that’s material for a different article. Dig a little deeper, try for more.

The popular girl who learns “looks aren’t everything” and falls in love with the nerd?

You’re getting warmer. Keep guessing. The third try is usually the charm.

Stick with nerd, and springboard from there.

Straight...

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